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Supplemental Instruction

This guide provides the direct access links to virtual SI Sessions & the schedule.

The Perils of Plagiarism

September 15, 2022 - 1:15 p.m. -  2:05 p.m.

Plagiarism is an opportunistic predator. It strikes in a moment of doubt and panic.  It takes advantage of our ignorance.  But we can fight off plagiarism, or banish it altogether, by better understanding what it is, how it happens, and how to countermand it. 


Time Management & the Learning Brain

September 22, 2022 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Sure, time management is about being organized, but it’s also about much more.  Time -- and how we use time -- impacts the way we learn and the way our brains process new information.  By reducing stress, by deterring procrastination, by understanding how and when we process information best -- we can get better at both learning and life.


Notetaking to the Next Level

September 29, 2022 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Pages and pages and pages of notes!  Notes on lectures, notes on PowerPoints, notes on textbooks!  But what makes something noteworthy?  And how can we get more return on this ginormous investment?  We’ll examine the intrinsic purpose of notetaking, and how we can use more effective and more streamlined techniques, not just to fill up pages, but capture, keep, and internalize knowledge and understanding.


Study Strategies for Success: Tips from Cognitive Science

October 6, 2022 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

It’s just not natural… learning in the classroom is not something our brains are geared to do out of the box.  And a whole lot of our received knowledge about how learning is supposed to work is really kinda wrong.  But recent developments in the learning sciences are changing all that and revolutionizing our understanding of how our brains function best.  It turns out there are ways to get more out of our efforts and to learn how to learn more effectively and efficiently.  We’ll apply those latest insights in and out of the classroom in order to raise our study game.


The Physiology of Learning: How the Body-Brain Dynamic Shapes Cognitive Performance

October 13, 2022 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

The evidence is clear: our bodies help us learn, and doing so involves more than just that crinkly organ between our ears.  How we use our bodies impacts what our minds are able to accomplish – movement links to memory, sleep links to stress, creativity links to neuroplasticity, and it all links together.  We’ll examine ways to hack the body-brain connection to boost cognitive function and increase our learning power.


Dream Team: Getting the Most Out of the Group

October 20, 2022 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Nearly everyone hates group projects the first time out.  It’s new; it’s different; and, often for the first time, we’re dependent on someone else to carry their weight!  But, like it or not, teamwork and collaboration are essential skills, not just for college, but for workplace success, too.  Fortunately, there are some key steps we can take to transform the team experience from ugh to awesome.  We’ll explore some proven ways to better organize, motivate, and inspire a top-grade team!


Everyone is Biased, Except Me

October 27, 2022 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

Instructors entreat us to avoid bias, but what does it really mean to say that something is “biased?” -- that the media is biased, a report is biased, an author is biased?  Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, right?  So what’s the difference?  How do I know what’s really biased in a bad way?  And when do my own views and opinions become “biases” rather than “perspectives?” 


Critical Digital: Sifting Web Content and Claims with a Critical Eye 

November 3, 2022 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. 

The web is full of information and, even more so, misinformation.  Deep fakes, propaganda, trolls – it creeps insidiously into blogs and websites, news feeds and social media threads, challenging us, in journalistic fashion, to ferret out fact from fantasy.  We’ll explore quick and accessible strategies for verifying web content and for critically assessing the misinformation churning around us.  


Presentation Make-Over

November 10, 2022 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m. 

“Death by PowerPoint!”  Yep, it’s a thing!  But presentations are an essential part of both college assignments and the professional world beyond.   So, how do we construct cohesive, coherent, and visually appealing presentations that don’t put our audience into a narcoleptic coma?  We’ll examine the science and the aesthetics of perception that converge to create effective presentations, and how you can use them to win over your audience!


Your Personal Showcase: Using ePortfolios to Highlight Your Work

November 17, 2022 - 1:15 p.m. - 2:05 p.m.

You’re more than just your grades, more than a transcript, more than a series of successful assignments.  You’ve accomplished a ton, but how do you demonstrate what you’ve learned to others.  Common throughout the professions and, more and more, required by many college programs and classes, the ePortfolio provides a platform to showcase your work, your projects, and your creations in a succinct, digestible form.   We’ll help build that showcase, honing in on some critical “dos and don’ts,” highlighting key features, and crafting a compelling visual message.  Let’s show ‘em what you’ve got!